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CDC Still Pushing Myth That COVID Shots Work, Eroding Public Trust Further

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Ever since taking the helm as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 10, 2023, Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH has regularly emphasized that her first and foremost order of business is to re-establish public trust in the CDC. “We have to first make sure that we are building trust with the American people, and I know some of that trust was lost in the last few years. But I’m here to refocus the organization on building that trust,” Dr. Cohen stressed shortly after she arrived at the public health agency.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 She noted:

Trust is a critical foundation for a healthy society. Trust in institutions, such as government, or media, or business, has been eroding in recent years. This lack of trust has led to polarization, to division.7

Judith Monroe, MD, president and chief executive of the CDC Foundation, agreed with Dr. Cohen on the priority of gaining back the public’s trust. She stated:

Restoring trust probably is the No. 1 challenge right now. Because where’s your platform if folks don’t trust what you say?8

Amazingly, when it comes to the most glaring example of failed messaging by the CDC, which was the federal agency perhaps most responsible for government’s loss of credibility during the pandemic, CDC officials do not appear capable of  learning from their mistakes. The CDC continues to peddle misinformation about the effectiveness of the COVID shots in preventing infection with and spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Irrationally, CDC officials continue to insist that COVID shots work and you need to get one to protect other people from getting sick.

CDC Holiday Season Message: Vaccinate to Prevent Spread of COVID (and Influenza and RSV)

In a recent Forbes article titled “Three Years After Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout, CDC Still Gets Messaging Wrong,” Joshua Cohen cites the CDC’s latest campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID, saying the CDC “asserts the vaccine’s ability to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which is largely inaccurate.”10 He points out:

It’s erroneous to suggest that vaccines are an effective tool to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.10

This was the message the CDC posted on its Facebook page on Dec. 10, 2023:

The only thing we want you to spread this holiday season is love and cheer. Prevent the spread of flu, COVID, and RSV by getting vaccinated.10 11

It is one of more than a dozen “talking points” listed in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Social Media Toolkit for the “2023 Fall-Winter Updated COVID-19/PanResp Vaccines Push,” aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19, influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).12

Putting aside the quirky “love and cheer” part, the message is extremely deceptive at best and plainly false at worst. And, for the most part, Americans know this—which is partly why, as of Dec. 22, 2023, only 18.5 percent of adults in the U.S. had received the latest round of mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) COVID shots, which some describe as “gene therapies.”13 14

American Public Knows COVID Shots Do Not Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Most of the public has known since at least the summer of 2021 that the COVID shots do not prevent infection from and transmission of SARS-CoV-2. This scientific fact was confirmed by none other than Dr. Cohen’s predecessor, Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, and supported by an evergrowing number of “breakthrough cases” of people fully vaccinated for COVID but still being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and even being hospitalized and dying. Dr. Walensky’s confirmation simply made it official.15 16 17 18

“At this point, it’s clear from all the infections that the vaccine isn’t living up to early hopes,” writes Faye Flam in an article published by Bloomberg last month. Flam notes there is “little evidence that [the shots] prevent transmission” and that “some experts also argue there’s no evidence that giving young people multiple boosters does anything to lower their odds of infecting grandma or grandpa.”13 She quotes Dan Barouch, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School:

The initial impression that these vaccines were 95% effective against symptomatic infection and 100% effective against severe disease are no longer accurate.13

So why does Dr. Cohen irrationally insist on continuing with this deception, even after it has long been exposed? Either she is unaware of how well-informed the vast majority of the U.S. public has become about COVID vaccine failures, or she is in denial and remains unaware of the truth herself.

Of course, there is a third possibility, and that is that Dr. Cohen knows the COVID shots do not prevent infection and transmission and understands that the public knows it as well, but she is stubbornly intent on trying to disingenuously sell an outdated myth to jack up COVID vaccination rates. As a Washington Post article published on Nov. 12, 2023 put it…

If she repeats herself enough times, using clear, concise language, she hopes more Americans will embrace her message.9

Regardless, Dr. Cohen is doing a huge disservice to the agency she heads. Instead of making good on her promise to improve the public’s trust in the CDC, it appears she is doing the exact opposite.

“Such problematic messaging may exacerbate the public’s decline in trust in the CDC,” Joshua Cohen writes.10


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Click here to view References:

1 Cáceres M. Annual COVID Shot. Is it Inevitable? The Vaccine Reaction Aug. 7, 2023.
2 Cáceres M. Potential Pick for CDC Director Continues to Draw Criticism. The Vaccine Reaction June 25, 2023.
3 Branswell H. Q&A with CDC Director Mandy Cohen: On communication, trust, and getting things done. STAT July 26, 2023.
4 Cirruzzo S. The CDC wants your trust back: It’ll ‘take time to rebuild.’ Politico Sept. 16, 2023.
5 Edwards E, Weaver J. The new CDC director has a plan to fix the agency’s trust problem. NBC News July 20, 2023.
6 Haviland L. The new CDC director’s most critical mission is rebuilding public trust. The Hill Aug. 3, 2023.
7 Pfeiffer S , Lim M, Intagliata C. The new CDC director outlines 3 steps to rebuild trust with the public. NPR Aug. 2, 2023.
8 Stolberg SG. New C.D.C. Director Seeks to Foster Trust in a Battered Agency. The New York Times Dec. 15, 2023.
9 Sun LH, Diamond D. How CDC’s new director is trying to regain trust shattered by covid. The Washington Post Nov. 12, 2023.
10 Cohen J. Three Years After Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout, CDC Still Gets Messaging Wrong. Forbes Dec. 13, 2023.
11 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Facebook Dec. 10, 2023.
12 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 2023 Fall-Winter Updated COVID-19/PanResp Vaccines Push. 2023.
13 Flam FD. Wanted: A Covid Booster That Actually Works. Bloomberg Dec. 19, 2023.
14 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination Trends—Adults. Dec. 22, 2023.
15 Cáceres M. COVID Vaccines No Longer Able to “Prevent Transmission” of SARS-CoV-2. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 12, 2021.
16 Cáceres M. Coronavirus Spreading Among the Vaccinated in Highly Vaccinated Countries. The Vaccine Reaction July 25, 2021.
17 Cáceres M. More Breakthrough Cases of COVID Ending in Hospitalization or Death. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 7, 2021.
18 Cáceres M. Vaccinated Americans are Being Hospitalized for COVID and Dying. The Vaccine Reaction Aug. 15, 2021.

6 Responses

  1. Bottom line & end of story – The CDC and HHS as well as most doctors have lost all credibility and have proven themselves to be completely unworthy of any trust whatsoever. Supporting the injections, the deadly hospital protocols with Remdesevir, their pushing the jab onto young children and pregnant women, those and more reasons prove these supposed health authorities deserve PRISON for life.

  2. There is no conspiracy in greed.That is what this vaccine has been about from the beginning.. Only someone with no morals can continue to recommend the vaccine. Do these agencies have no compassion for a human life. It is hard to believe that this is the USA. This is a time for this country to be united against this kind of evil..”A house divided against itself cannot stand”

  3. The government person, is telling you that you can trust the government. While dancing a side step and talking about the need to re establish trust in the government, because the government broke that trust. It’s the government persons job, to sell more government. Trust these people at your own risk.

    Who can take your money? Take it all away with a twinkle in their eye and give it to some other guy? The government can, oh the government can. Who can tax the sunrise? Who can tax the trees? Let you run a business and collect up all the fees? Oh the government can, the government can. Sorry to Mandy Cohen, but we never had any intentions of trusting her or listening to anyone like her in the first place. In fact, the very last place we turn to for reliable truthful information is ‘the government’. What a fools errand for all the hopeless souls whom trust this revolving door policy for sale power brokering to the entitled class; ‘government.’ The government really should get out of the business of lending, health care, insurance, and beyond. Their performance record is abysmal and we all know they’re for sale to the highest bidder anyways, mere corporate mouthpieces. Repeat after me; YOU ARE FIRED. Thanks for playing, better luck next time.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO2eh6f5Go0

  4. even before my recently vaccinated[last of 2 shots given 6 weeks before infecting me] grandchildren gave me covid in feb of 22, it was apparent that the shots did not stop transmission. however, when i read comments at many other sites, there seems to be a large contingent who still believes this. although the government totally botched the health aspects of the pandemic, they did great with the propaganda arm. i thought my fellow liberals were better at critical thought, i was wrong

    1. When you realize, the ‘infection’ came from within. Because you put it there with the rnma shots in the first place… RNMA coded the protein changes, and you got sick as a result.

      Next time skip the shots like we did and you too, can whistle past the graveyard. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. And big pharma, everyone should be scared to death how incompetently and corruptly they manage health care systems.

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